May 07, 2018

Thieves who nicked Lester's medal, reveals all

Four suspects have been arrested by Bambalapitiya Police yesterday (06) in connection with the theft of the Golden Peacock medal belonging to the late Dr Lester James Peiris during his funeral.

The arrests were made after investigations held by a team of the Bambalapitiya police under the purview of SSP Saman Yatawara of the Colombo South Division.

Upon viewing the CCTV footage of the funeral, police have tracked down a vehicle which the thieves have arrived in. They had then questioned the driver of the vehicle at length.

Police have learnt that this group has been thieving at funerals of the wealthy. The suspects are residents of Kaduwela, Mathugama and Nawalapitiya.

The medal was found by police on May 05 from a 177 luxury bus plying between Kollupitiya and Kaduwela.

Upon being questioned, the suspects had said they had not attempted to sell the medal and had left it abandoned after the theft had attracted the attention of the media.

Iphone too, nicked

Investigations have also revealed that the same group was behind the theft of an iphone from the late Dr. Peries' residence.

The iphone, which was sold off, had been tracked down by police yesterday (06). However, the suspects had said they had intended to drop it off at the Peries residence later.

A politician pickpocketed

According to further investigations, this group had also nicked a politician's purse during the funeral rush.

However, the politician had not lodged a police complaint on this loss.

UNP May Day rally was targeted?

The suspects have also admitted that they had planned a pickpocketing spree at the UNP May Day rally held at the Sugathadasa stadium yesterday (06).